Advent Mystery CAL: Amigurumi basics Part 1 the magic ring
are you excited yet?
The advent mystery CAL starts next Tuesday!
I am having tons of fun designing the little amigurumi animals and plants.
I hope you’ll have just as much fun making them.
Remember, I said you would need to use a 2mm hook and DK yarn leftovers, so grab that hook and a bit of yarn to start practicing.
You might be wondering why I’m using such a small hook with DK yarn.
Well, the answer is simple: size.
You probably already know that hook size influences your tension (gauge). When you use a smaller hook your fabric will be denser, with a larger hook the fabric is looser.
If I were to make a large amigurumi pice, like my Emma doll, or the rhino I designed for Your Family magazine, I would use a 3.5mm or 4mm hook but for these tiny animals and plants I wanted a really tight fabric. That’s why I’m using a 2mm hook.
If you would like to make the pieces bigger simply use a larger hook and thicker yarn. A rule of thumb would be to go dow two hook sizes from the recommended hook size given on the ball band.
So, lets get started!
To successfully, and neatly, make amigurumi you need to know the following:
1. magic ring
3. invisible decreases
4. colour changes
5. closing openings
I’ll be sharing photo tutorials on all of these over the next few days, so that you can practice a bit before we get started.
The magic ring
Position the yarn on your palm so that the working yarn lies on top of the tail end (as pictured in the photo above). Make sure the tail end points towards your wrist.
Place your hook on top of the looped yarn lying on your fingers and insert it under the yarn lying on your index finger.
Grab the working yarn with your hook and pull a loop up and through the circle. At this point make sure you grab the yarn where the two strands overlap to hold the ring in place. Shorten the loop you have just pulled up.
Make a slip stitch to secure the ring. You can pull the slip stitch a little to make it more like a knot but don’t over tighten it, or you won’t be able to close the ring with the tail end later.
Crochet as many stitches as instructed around the ring, making sure you crochet around the loop and the tail end.
It should look like this once you are done.
With the round completed you can now close the ring.
Do this by pulling on the tail end, which you have been crocheting around.
It should look like this.
You can pull really tightly, but don’t worry if you can’t close the ring completely, you can still tighten the ring further once you’ve crocheted another round or two.
Please don’t give up if you can’t get it right the first time. It does take a bit of practice, which is why I made this part 1 of the series leading up to the CAL.
I strongly suggest not to substitute the magic ring for a length of chain closed with a slip stitch. The amigurumi we will be making are going to me so small that the hole left with the chain method will be huge.
When you practice use the 2mm hook and DK yarn you’re planning on using for the CAL, this will help you achieve the correct tension (gauge).
One last note on hook and yarn size: do not tighten your tension when using the small hook, rather keep it on the slightly looser side, otherwise you will have issues inserting the hook through the stitches on the following rounds.